'I've got a surprise for you': Husband blindfolds his wife.... and then chops off her fingers to stop her studying for a degree

Hawa Akhter has said she will continue her studies, despite the h*orrific a*ttack

A jealous husband is facing life in prison after chopping off his wife's fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission.

Rafiqul Islam, 30, b*lindfolded his wife Hawa Akhter, 21, and t*aped her mouth, telling her he was going to give her a surprise present.

Instead he made her hold out her hand and c*ut off all five fingers. One of his relatives then th*rew Ms Akhter's fingers in the d*ustbin to ensure d*octors could not r*eattach them.

Mr Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife there would 's*evere c*onsequences' if she did not give up her studies.

'After he came back to Bangladesh, he wanted to have a discussion with me,' Ms Akhter told The Times.

'Suddenly, he b*lindfolded me and t*ied my hand. He also t*aped my mouth saying that he would give me some surprise gifts. But, instead he c*ut off my fingers.'

Mohammed Saluddin, the Bangladesh p*olice chief said that Mr Islam had confessed after he was a*rrested in the capital, Dhaka, and will face ch*arges of permanent d*isfiguration.

Human rights groups are demanding life imp*risonment.

'He was e*nraged. He was j*ealous because while he only had a grade eight standard education, she was off to college to p*ursue higher studies,' said Mr Saluddin.

Ms Akhter says she is learning to write with her left hand and is determined to resume her studies.

She is now back at her parent's house.

The a*ttack is the latest in a series of a*cts t*argeting educated women in the Muslim-majority company.

In June, an unemployed man g*ouged out the eyes of his wife, an assistant professor at Dhaka University, apparently because he could not stand her p*ursuing higher studies at a Canadian University.

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Hawa Akhter has said she will continue her studies, despite the h*orrific a*ttack